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Description of robber similar in five area incidents

August 16, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Police in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia plan to compare notes to determine if five strong-arm robberies are connected, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Ed Asbury said Monday that a trooper investigating two holdups in Franklin County on Saturday has been in contact with police in Maryland and West Virginia to set up a meeting concerning the robberies, which took place between Thursday and Saturday.

In all five cases, the description of the robber is a heavyset or stocky black male dressed in dark clothing, although reports of his height vary. None of the reports indicated the man was armed.

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The Jefferson County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department is investigating a robbery that occurred at 7:16 a.m. Thursday at Country Roads General Store on W.Va. 51 in Middleway. The man forcibly led the clerk to the cash register, stole about $260 and pushed her into a corner before fleeing, police said.

At 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Maryland State Police in Frederick, Md., responded to a report of a robbery at Rudy's Welding and Cold Beer at 3217 Old National Pike. Police said the man grabbed the cashier, dragged her over to the register, stole the money and then forced her into a back room.

"I didn't need any medical treatment," the cashier said Monday. "He did put me in a little bit of a headlock."

She estimated the man to be 6 feet or slightly taller and could have weighed 230 pounds or more. The man told her he had "a buddy" outside, she said.

The woman said she did not see a vehicle.

Police said the robber wore a black T-shirt with USA on the front, black baggy shorts, black sneakers and white socks. Police said he also wore a black bandanna, which the woman at Rudy's said he wore on his head, not as a mask.

At 5:30 a.m. Friday, Martinsburg (W.Va.) City Police responded to the Citgo gas station at 1306 Edwin Miller Blvd. for a robbery. In that incident, a man walked behind the counter and twice demanded money. He took the cash and drove off in a maroon sport utility vehicle, possibly a Subaru, police said.

The man was described to police as between 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He wore long dark shorts, a black T-shirt with a logo on the front, black shoes and white socks. He also wore a knit mask, police said.

At about 3 a.m. Saturday, the Fairfield Inn at 1122 Wayne Ave. in Chambersburg, Pa., was held up by a black man described as about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The man was wearing shorts, a black T-shirt, a black baseball cap and a bandanna across his face, police said.

At 3:15 p.m. Saturday, police went to Laura's Country Convenience at 113698 Williamsport Pike in Greencastle, Pa., for another robbery. In that case, the robber forced the cashier to turn over an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled in a black sport utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Escape, police said.

The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and heavyset, wearing black clothing.

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